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    Is Microwaving that bad?

    I often cook a bunch of food ahead of time so that I'll be able to enjoy it through the week without having to worry about cooking up something new after work each day. I'm just wondering about the reheating process using a microwave - is it that detrimental to the nutritional quality of the food? Are there any studies which show this?
    Also, I know how beneficial ghee is, but whenever I need to use it in cooking and the recipe calls for melted ghee, would it be silly to use the microwave to accomplish the melting?
    Thanks for any tips.

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    No, it's not.

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    If I were equipping a kitchen from scratch I might go with a convection oven instead to preserve texture, but I haven't found any credible hazards of microwaving.

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    Agree with above, with the caveat that you shouldn't microwave things in plastic containers. Use glass or pyrex or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    Agree with above, with the caveat that you shouldn't microwave things in plastic containers. Use glass or pyrex or whatever.
    Yeah, this too.

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    Don't microwave steak. Makes it tough. No health hazard though unless the device is leaky. I use it to melt butter and to gently steam many veggies, as well as for re-heating. You can also knock a lot of baking time off of potatoes and sweet potatoes: par-cook them 5-10 minutes then finish in the oven. The micro cooks the inside of the taters, the oven the outside.

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    There's no evidence at all that microwaving food does any damage. Just follow the other posters' advice and don't use plastic containers. And I always like to underheat proteins a bit because otherwise they get all rubbery, which tastes nasty.

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    Using a nuke won't kill all the nutrition in your food, although it might kill some texture, depending on what you put in there and for how long. I agree with the others on not nuking plastic.
    I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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    Dude, I dunno where the other posters get their info, but I've read of a LOT of hazards to microwaving, including it altering the chemical structure of compounds in fruits and vegetables making them carcinogenic. It's not that inconvenient to heat things on the stove top, in a toaster oven, or in a rice cooker. I don't have a microwave and I don't miss it at all.

    Here's an article from a fairly reputable source for you to consider-- I haven't read it but I have a feeling people would discredit the articles I have read because of where they were published because no one wants to admit that radiating food is probably dangerous. It's just like people who don't want to admit fast food is dangerous because it's so convenient. Convenience will be the death of us all, I swear...

    The Proven Dangers of Microwaves

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndChance View Post
    Dude, I dunno where the other posters get their info, but I've read of a LOT of hazards to microwaving, including it altering the chemical structure of compounds in fruits and vegetables making them carcinogenic. It's not that inconvenient to heat things on the stove top, in a toaster oven, or in a rice cooker. I don't have a microwave and I don't miss it at all.

    Here's an article from a fairly reputable source for you to consider-- I haven't read it but I have a feeling people would discredit the articles I have read because of where they were published because no one wants to admit that radiating food is probably dangerous. It's just like people who don't want to admit fast food is dangerous because it's so convenient. Convenience will be the death of us all, I swear...

    The Proven Dangers of Microwaves
    Not quite sure I would call Mercola reputable, I do use him for leads and sometimes follow up yields good info, but more often than not just sensationalism.
    If the article was seriously credible, there would be a raft of references and links at the bottom.

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